5 Orioles players who don't deserve to be on the 40-man roster heading into 2024

These players haven't done a lot to warrant keeping a spot on the 40-man roster

Aug 6, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles right fielder Ryan McKenna (26) hits a ball during a game against the New York Mets at Camden Yards
Aug 6, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles right fielder Ryan McKenna (26) hits a ball during a game against the New York Mets at Camden Yards / Reggie Hildred-USA TODAY Sports
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Jonathan Heasley

Jonathan Heasley is another offseason addition for the Orioles, acquired in December from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitcher Cesar Espinal. Heasley had a year to forget in 2023, posting a 7.20 ERA, 6.99 FIP, and 1.267 WHIP and allowing five home runs in 15 innings in the majors over 12 appearances.

That isn't ideal, but he also wasn't very good in Triple A either. With the Omaha Storm Chasers, Heasley had a 6.85 ERA and 1.616 WHIP while allowing 20 home runs and walking 45 hitters in 94 2/3 innings, making 15 starts and 17 relief appearances in Triple A.

Given that Heasley had noticeable struggles in both Triple A and the majors in both the rotation and the bullpen, it's hard to find a spot for him on the 40-man roster over perhaps a non-roster player who is more deserving of that spot. Perhaps the Orioles can work their magic again, but if they can free up a 40-man spot as well, it's definitely worth doing.

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